Audi's flagship SUV can now run on pure electric power for up to 29 miles.
After the RS Q8 recently went on sale in the US, Audi is expanding the Q8 range with the new TFSI E Quattro plug-in hybrid, completing the flagship SUV's lineup. This will be the seventh model available with a plug-in hybrid Audi has introduced since mid-2019 as the automaker continues to embrace electrification.
Two variants will be available with different outputs: the Q8 55 TFSI E Quattro and the Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro. Both models pair a 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 that produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. A 17.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is stored under the luggage compartment.
This setup produces 375 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro, enabling the electrified SUV to sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 149.1 mph. The more powerful Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro, on the other hand, has 455 hp and of 516.3 lb-ft, resulting in a 0.4-second faster 0-62 mph sprint time.
Based on Europe's WLTP cycle, the Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro can travel up to 28 miles on pure electric power, while the less powerful version will do 29 electric miles on a single charge. Using a 7.4 kW home charger, the Q8 plug-in hybrid's battery can be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours.
There's also a regenerative braking system that can regain up to 25 kW of power when the SUV is coasting and up to 80 kW of power while braking. Audi's 'predictive operating strategy' featured on the infotainment system can also use navigation, environmental, and online traffic data to calculate the best stages of a journey to activate the EV driving mode such as areas with heavy traffic.
The Audi Q8 plug-in hybrid will go on sale in Europe later this year, with prices starting at €75,351 ($88,464) for the 55 TFSI E Quattro and €92,800 ($109,054) for the 60 TFSI E Quattro, which also comes with an S line exterior package that adds black exterior trim details, Matrix LED headlights, adaptive air suspension, 21-inch wheels, and red brake calipers as standard. Audi hasn't confirmed if there are plans to launch the electrified Q8 in the US.